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WeaveLife Holds First Open House

WeaveLife held its first Exhibit and Open House in November at our new studio in the Arts District of Liberty Station.

WeaveLife offers free-style weaving classes to individuals of all abilities. Free-style weaving is a fiber art in which everyone can express him or herself freely regardless of age, gender, disability or intellectual aptitude.

There are no rules and restrictions, no samples to follow, and no mistakes. It is an art form in which an individual can express his or her true self. We offer free-style weaving in a supportive environment as an opportunity to embrace creativity, build self-confidence and nurture independence.

Our programs and services are designed to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

For more information on WeaveLife, contact David Drazenovich @ (858) 278-5420 x 131
or ddrazenovich@ucpsd.org. Here's the video:

 

Life Without Limits Tribute Dinner: Huge Hit!

United Cerebral Palsy is pleased to announce that the “Life Without Limits” awards tribute dinner honoring San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Rady Children’s Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Hank Chambers for their community leadership, was a rousing success.  llwl 17The event, held on Tuesday, November 14th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina in downtown San Diego, saw some 300 people in attendance and helped raise a total of nearly $110,000 for UCP.

The Association would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the event:  Bank of America, Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, San Diego Padres and Sudberry Properties.

Funds raised from the evening will be put to use immediately to help fund numerous ongoing program services that UCP provides for local citizens with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and their families throughout San Diego County.

The live auction and raise the paddle netted closed to $40,000.

 

"No Limits" Walk Raises Fun and Funds 

UCP thanks everyone who participated in the 35th Annual 5K “No Limits” Walk & Roll, which took place at De Anza Cove on the northeast end of Mission Bay. This year’s title sponsor once again was GEICO.

Close to 400 walkers enjoyed a continental breakfast, and a delicious lunch from Casa SolyMar and Casa De Bandini at the completion of the walk & roll, while helping raise close to $40,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County through raffle and incentive prizes, like a day for four to Disneyland. The day was also filled with many colorful t-shirts, as team walkers went the distance to support their children with disabilities.

All funds raised from the “No Limits” Walk & Roll go to support UCP’s local programs. Here's the video:

 

Dia del Sol 2017 

A huge and appreciative "Thank You" to the Beach & Country Guild for presenting the 48th Annual Dia del Sol fundraising event, held this year at the Grand Del Mar.

The Beach & Country Guild is an all-volunteer organization of women dedicated to generating funds in support of UCP San Diego and the programs, facilities, and services it provides its consumers.

 

City Fire Fighters & Celebrities Put On Their Best Serving Moves For UCP's Luncheon 

For the 34th year in a row, the San Diego City Fire Fighters graciously donated their financial support as “Title Sponsor” to the always-wild and crazy “Fire Fighters and Friends” Celebrity Waiters Luncheon. cwl 17This year’s edition was held on a sunny work day in late September and patrons were treated to good food, lots of local and Hollywood stars and the high energy of many San Diego City Fire Fighters, bayside at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa.

Susan DeVincent from KyXy- FM 96.5 and Comedian Russ T. Nailz co-hosted the event and kept the festivities going at a lively pace. Tips were given freely and with special live auctions, close to $54,000 was raised for the cause.

UCP would like to thank our local media partners KyXy 96.5 FM, Energy 103.7 FM, Location Edit, KUSI News and the San Diego Community Newspaper Group for its promotional efforts. We salute our Hollywood and local celebrities that included such personalities as actor James Hyde from Passions & Sunset Beach, Heather McComb from Showtime’s Ray Donovan & Battle Scars, Melissa Biggs from Baywatch & Rush Hour 2, Shotgun Tom Kelly, renowned Southern Calif. disc jockey and Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Erica Luttrell who stars in the CBS series Salvation, Kristin Gaspar, San Diego County Supervisor – Third District  plus Jack Nicholson & Bono look-a-likes just to name a few.

UCP also thanks the staff of the Coronado Marriott Resort & Spa for their assistance and cooperation and the following organizations, companies and individuals for their support: Berkshire Hathaway HC, Misty Thompson & Melody Morgan and the San Diego Enforcers.

Thanks again for making the Celebrity Waiters luncheon an afternoon of “fun in the sun!” Here's the video:

 

35th Annual Golf Classic Results

On Monday, July 10th the Annual UCP Golf Classic took place at The El Camino Country Club in Oceanside. golf classicGolfers hit the links in bright sunshine and did their best to conquer a challenging course, while raising $57,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County. After an afternoon of play, golfers were treated to dinner, a live auction and the awards banquet hosted by comedian Russ T. Nailz.

Title sponsor for this year’s event was Rancho Mesa Insurance. Associate sponsors included: The Land StewardsRose Munns and Chin, Location Edit, Enterprise Truck Rental and Bob Stall Chevrolet – La Mesa.

UCP also thanks General Manager Gary Glaser from the El Camino Country Club, his excellent staff and all the participants and supporters that came out to this signature event. 

View the photo album.

 

New Voice Options Program

An exciting new pilot speech technology program of the California Public Utilities Commission in partnership with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, Voice Options, is now available at UCP's Assistive Technology Center. voice options

Voice Options offers iPads with speech applications to people with speech disabilities for short and long-term loans.

Californians who are not able to speak or have difficulty speaking may borrow iPads with speech applications to determine if using an iPad increases their ability to communicate.

Individuals may borrow an iPad for up to 30 days to determine if using a speech app increases their ability to communicate. If the user determines a speech app on the iPad works well for them, they may apply for a long-term loan of the device and their favorite speech app.

The response to Voice Options in San Diego has been remarkable, and already there is a two to three month waiting list. To learn more or to schedule a demonstration, contact Maiko Yoshida at (858) 278-5420 x 121 or myoshida@ucpsd.org.

 

UCP Consultant Among Top AAC Bloggers

Susan Berkowitz, UCP's Speech and Language Consultant, was recently named one of the top 5 AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) bloggers by the website My Student Voices. susanSusan's website, Kidz Learn Language, was noted as being one of the more active AAC blogs out there - providing tips, ideas, and resources for developing language in children with significant or complex communication disorders.

Susan has been an SLP for 38 years, and in that time has worked alongside both children and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities. She provides evaluations for speech-language and AAC at UCP in addition to providing workshops for parents and professionals.

Recently Susan has been publishing an AAC 101 series in which she covers the main objectives of AAC at an introductory level.

Student Voices described Susan's content as approachable and inviting for those new to AAC, and helping to further understanding among families and educators.

 

Regale in the Ranch

A huge thank you to the Beach & Country Guild for producing the 5th Annual Regale in the Ranch to benefit UCP San Diego. Here's a look:

 

Shop, Donate Items To UCP Thrift Stores

Did you know that UCP San Diego owns and operates 3 local thrift stores? When you shop at or donate to UCP Thrift Stores, you're supporting UCP programs that change lives.

thriftOur entrepreneurial spirit shines brightly as the UCP Thrift Stores also work together with UCP San Diego to offer a training ground and first-time employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

UCP Thrift Stores in City Heights, Chula Vista and Pacific Beach offer a unique shopping experience for customers — from vintage clothing and accessories to everyday fashions, household items, furniture and antiques.

When you shop at UCP Thrift Stores, you're directly benefiting thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in San Diego County. You're helping your neighbors become independent, find employment and become full members of society.

Click here to find our locations and get item donation drop-off an pickup information. Like our Thrift Stores on Facebook or follow on Twitter for special offers and exclusive coupons.

 

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Grants Celebrate The Importance of Play

Play! It is an essential part of all children's development. Play is how children learn to socialize, to think, to solve problems, to mature and most importantly, to have fun. Play connects children with their imagination, their environment, their family and the world.

UCP just received two grants to purchase adaptive toys for our popular Toy Library. toylibraryAdaptive toys are designed with easy to push buttons, switches, lights, music, and vibration. Their unique design is the perfect way for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to experience the joy of play.

Adaptive toys range in price from $80 to as much as $450. Having them available for loan provides children an opportunity to play with specialized toys without the costly purchase. With the generous support of the San Diego Lion's Club and the San Diego County Employees' Charitable Organization, UCP was able to add even more adaptive toys to our library.

Here are some of the latest comments from families who checked out some of the amazing toys we have available:

"My daughter is really enjoying the switch toys. They have helped her discover cause and effect."

"Our son loves toys that make sounds and are interactive. These toys stimulate his cognitive skills and creativity."

"The switch activated toys are amazing! I'd never have been able to expose our daughter to these without the Toy Library."

Click here for more information on UCP's Toy Library.

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“Who I Am” Disability Employment Awareness

At work, it's what people CAN do that matters.

United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County is proud to partner with The U.S. mitteDepartment of Labor to launch a new public service announcement as part of the Campaign for Disability Employment. The campaign encourages employers to look beyond individual disabilities to the potential in each candidate.

“Who I Am” features our Celebrity Ambassador, actor R. J. Mitte, along with eight other people from all walks of life. Mitte, featured in the hit series “Breaking Bad," has cerebral palsy.

Rather than being defined solely by their disability, each of these individuals is the sum of their many life roles—which includes working in jobs they love.

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

UCP partners with San Diego County employers to offer jobs to people with disabilities. If you have a job available, call us at (858) 571-7803 or contact David Drazenovich (San Diego) at ddrazenovich@ucpsd.org or Gill Hennessey (North County) at ghennessey@ucpsd.org.

Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

 

Shop AmazonSmile and Support UCP

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to UCP.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply click here logofrom the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Click Here to start shopping. Please tell your friends and family about this easy (and free) way to support UCP San Diego.

 

New Phone? Donate Your Old One To UCP!

Clean out that junk drawer and help United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County at the same time. UCP has partnered with SecondWave Recycling to provide you with an EASY and FREE way to donate your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets.

SecondWave Recycling is an environmentally secondwaveand socially responsible organization that partners with non-profits to support their fundraising efforts. Old phones may seem useless but they contain valuable, renewable materials that can be used in the next generation of phones.

You can drop off your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets at a UCP Thrift Store in City Heights, Pacific Beach or Chula Vista. You can also click here to print a free USPS pre-paid shipping label or request a free pre-paid envelope. Be sure to type in "UCP" as your charity.

Properly disposing of your old devices will keep them out of landfills and help people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities by funding UCP's programs and services.

 

DONATE MONEY
Your dollars make a huge difference in the lives of people with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

DONATE ITEMS
To our thrift stores in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.

DONATE VEHICLES
Cars, Trucks, Boats, Trailers and more.

DONATE YOUR TIME
Our success depends on the skills, talents, time and energy of our many volunteers.

More Ways To Help

All-Year
Small Change Makes A Big Difference

Look for our coin canisters at your favorite Coco’s, Carrow’s and Original Pancake House locations.
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UCP Thrift Stores offer a unique shopping experience for our customers. We offer gently used products from vintage clothing and accessories to everyday fashions, household items, furniture, and antiques.

Our stores are conveniently located in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.

Locations and Information

Serving San Diego County since 1983, Precision Assembly is a unique business that can help with your bulk mail and assembly needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Precision Assembly offers quality service to customers and training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The team of instructors and physically-challenged employees are dedicated to putting your needs first.

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Ready Stamps is a unique full service business that can help with stamps, engraving and printing needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Ready Stamps has been providing job training and employment for persons with disabilities since 1982.

As a manufacturer, we can provide quicker, more reliable service at a better price than those who are simply "supplying" marking devices.

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